Grand Theft Auto V Reviews

Posted on September 16 2013, 12:37pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With the countdown to the September 17th arrival of GTAV now being measured in mere hours around the world, here is the first round-up of reviews from across the web:
 
"Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTAIV brought to the table five years ago. It’s technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it’s also tremendously ambitious in its own right. No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem. It tells a compelling, unpredictable, and provocative story without ever letting it get in the way of your own self-directed adventures through San Andreas. It is one of the very best video games ever made."
 
 
"Set mostly within the glitzily superficial city of Los Santos, a warped mirror of Los Angeles, GTAV is a sprawling tale of criminal maniacs self-destructing on a blood-splattered career trajectory to hell... The genius of GTAV is in the sheer seductive force of its vision. The visuals are astonishing – just astonishing. Surely pushing this ageing hardware to the limits, we get the dense downtown with its soaring skyscrapers and murky, rubbish-strewn back alleys. But then out into the country, we have rolling grasslands and desert stretches, coyotes roaming, the shadows of eagles swooping overhead. The world drags you in. It begs you to explore – and then it rewards you. You feel every millimetre of the landscape has been thoughtfully handcrafted with the curious gamer in mind."
 
 
"Everything works. It has mechanics good enough to anchor games of their own, and a story that is not only what GTA has always wanted to tell but also fits the way people have always played it. It’s a remarkable achievement, a peerless marriage of world design, storytelling and mechanics that pushes these ageing consoles to the limit and makes it all look easy. As we stand on the brink of a new generation, GTAV sends an intimidating message to the rest of the industry. Beat that."
 
 
"The scale is dizzying. It's insanely detailed too. Gangs loitering on street corners, cracked roads, foreclosure notices, and police searchlights cutting through the night sky give the poor areas of the city a tangible layer of grime. In Vinewood, sports cars glint in the sun, tourists snap pictures with their phones, and obnoxious starlets bray into their phones about movie auditions. Wander through the countryside and you'll see backpackers, cyclists, and people walking their dogs. Extras in rubber alien costumes take smoke breaks on studio lots, and bikers cruise the desert highways... The world is breathtaking, the script is funny, the music is superb... and, most of all, it's really, really fun."
 
 
"Throughout GTAV you'll swap between the trio, seeing San Andreas through the eyes of three wildly different personalities, each of whom brings their own breed of psychosis to one of the most exciting games of this generation... They're all exceptionally written, and play off of each other well. Instead of forcing one character to climb his way up his own slice of the criminal underworld, GTAV does a remarkable job of providing each with their own motivations, their own missions, and their own personas you'll come to love as you swap between them."
 
 
"The driving is a lot looser and more exciting than it was in GTAIV, and the lock-on targeting and cover system means that you're never fighting the controls in the middle of combat. It also looks great on current consoles, with a solid draw distance and a frame rate that takes few major hits along the way. Furthermore, the characters themselves emote well in cutscenes, which really helps make the story feel more meaningful. The city itself is nicely evocative of Los Angeles, as well, giving you GTA-ified equivalents of studio lots, the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Santa Monica Pier, and more. Little touches like lighting as the sun rises and sets go a long way, too. That all meets well with the game's on-foot and on-mission soundtrack, which delivers tense backing tracks that heighten the heists whether you're opening fire on the obstacles in your way or watching Michael slyly convince a guard that he is, in fact, supposed to be there. And all of it comes together to bring you a fantastic approximation of LA's sleazy-yet-sunny West Coast vibe."
 
 
"Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of open-world video game design and a colossal feat of technical engineering... It dares the rest of the blockbuster industry to try and match its scope and, even with new consoles on the horizon, it may be some time before anything steps up."
 
 
“...Rockstar Games has produced the most playable, well-plotted, character-driven, fictionally coherent entry in this 16-year-old series. The game is set in an immense, parodic vision of Southern California, a West Coast counterpoint to the caricature of New York City in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008). While Los Santos — the game’s version of Los Angeles — and its surroundings exist in an alternate reality, it is also a contemporary one that evokes and satirizes the anxieties of 21st-century life… Video games tell their own lies to their players: you’re powerful, you’re smart, you’re important, your problems can be solved if you just keep trying. And Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most beautiful, seductive lies yet uttered by our youngest creative medium.”
 
 
 
Also check out some international reviews from Meristation, 3DJuegos, JeuxActu, Gameblog, Vandal, MondoXbox, InsideGamer, AusGamersThe Globe and Mail, Eurogamer Germany, IGN Italia and stay on the look out for lots more reviews hitting the web throughout the day. Of course feel free to share any you find in the comments below.

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  • R* Aon September 25 2013, 1:11pmFlag
    Hi everyone, just a reminder to please keep your comments on topic and if you have something unrelated that you'd like to say to Rockstar directly, please mind Rule #5 right above the Comment Box and feel free to send us your thoughts to mouthoff@rockstargames.com. Any persistent 'Hey Rockstar...' comments may be removed. Thanks all for your understanding and support!
  • Zilenser2 days, 17 hours agoReplyFlag
    Hello, In gta 5 online patch 1.16 my car is floating how can i fix that i really need to fix that i can't even use that car!!!
    • For the future update it would be nice to see new single cab pick up trucks thats whats popular here in Los Angeles right now, for example the contender and rancher from gta4, thank you
      • jaysmoove174 days, 8 hours agoReplyFlag
        Rockstar

        in GTA 5 online is not as enjoyable right now no more little bits of RP and money the update that you should have as an idea wud be to give us online players the choice to be FBI,police,or in the army , and add whole outfits for each of those make it stand out and put us on missions for one of those three we pick and let us arrest people and more fighting moves squad cars Let us do some real FBI ,police, or army stuff that's an idea that wat people actually asked for before but that right there wud make it live
        • lucifer31136 days, 8 hours agoReplyFlag
          you really gotta work on your "player kick" it is nothing but a piss off. freezes, dosn't actually kick the player. fix it.
          • lexythehuman1 week, 3 days agoReplyFlag
            Every time I go to kick someone from a mission, race, death match, etc, it freezes my Xbox. Please, fix this bug! Also that pathetic hair glitch with the hats, it's a great game, just stupid flaws like these make it, not so fun.
            • azeljames1234567on July 27 2014, 4:14pmReplyFlag
              I just want to say that you sould add some free cars and new colours for the cars anddddddd new car parts
              • D-wolf87on July 22 2014, 11:00pmReplyFlag
                First thanks for everything rockstars you guys rock.when I heard the news about gta5 is coming to the ps4 I lost my mind just one request how about a fool on police mode where you can be a good cop or bad cop even get promoted on the force and a corrupt cop thank again rockstars
                • awakemanager5on July 21 2014, 6:56amReplyFlag
                  tell us what happened to the cop vehicles in our garage I want to act like a cop with a cop uniform, and make jobs where we get paid to..... work at car wash person, work as a cop, a army man, or at a clerk, or clothe store or be a mechanic, make those our jobs, why do you want us to waste our real money on shark card it shouldn't be a struggle making money on the game and enjoying the game, please read this or if you were hired to read this please show the CEO about this, AND I SPENT ALL MY MONEY ON THE HUGE MONSTER TRUCK BUT NEVER GOT IT AND NEVER GOT MONEY BACK PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • jansonzmonton July 14 2014, 2:22pmReplyFlag
                    Should add a.new island with a forest
                    • jansonzmonton July 14 2014, 12:41pmReplyFlag
                      Add bullet prof windows and a car auction
                      • jansonzmonton July 14 2014, 12:35pmReplyFlag
                        They should add zombies and a new cammaro
                        • Pwny_Juiceon July 7 2014, 7:31amReplyFlag
                          The single player side of Grand Theft Auto V is a masterpiece, but the multiplayer lacks in being fun, stable and finished. Online I come across glitch after glitch after glitch, wether it is someone killing me in my own home, an invincible police officer, my cars getting blown up with insurance and not being able to get them back, someone blowing my car up and I have to pay for it, getting the cops for no reason, AI cars glitching out of control at extreme speeds, or someone standing in some kind of wall glitch.

                          The online is also as boring as hell; I have played loads of GTA Online and a lot of it has just been driving about for a few hours because I simply have nothing else to do. I only really find the online fun when I am with friends, which doesn't happen that much any more because like me they have all become bored. Getting money is also a seriously boring grind. A lot of people I know just decided to glitch themselves money as the legitimate way of getting money is extremely boring and tedious.

                          There seems to not be any improvement to the online free roam either, they add DLC but it is just a few cars you have to grind for, they don't add anything to do in free roam and that is what free roam needs. Another thing is that I do not think that players who just go around killing people get punished, at all. You can see with the reporting and the 'bad player pool' systems that they tried to punish players but I have seen players going round in tanks or flying round in jets the whole game and killing about 30 people in total, and nothing happens.

                          Another annoying glitch is that the AI jets that take of after you take a jet can go a lot faster than you, with their wheels out and can blow you up with their machine guns when they're not even facing you. The amount of times I have been shot down by an AI jet's machine guns and it was facing away from me is irritating and to think that it took them five years to make this game and we get glitchy AI like that.

                          I am currently thinking of not playing GTA Online ever again, because a few minutes before I decided to type this long complaint I watched my character continuously fall over and stand up again and fall over and stand up again. Five years of development and my character can't even stand up in the game.

                          Another very suspicious thing is that heists are not out yet. They claim that they are struggling with making them, even though I am sure it wouldn't take one of the most talented game developing companies in world almost a year to make what will probably be one single game mode or a 'job'. The reason I think they are not out yet is so we all have to by shark cards, it seems like a reasonable explanation as it takes so long to get money from the current jobs.

                          The multiplayer is also unbelievably unstable, I crash all the time and people seem to crash at the same time as well. I lose connection all the time to the lobby and I get put back into single player for no reason.

                          I don't agree with these reviews because they haven't looked at the multiplayer properly, just the single player.
                          • Southsideboy72on July 6 2014, 6:39pmReplyFlag
                            Add a flamethrower
                            • footballplayer22on June 30 2014, 10:20pmReplyFlag
                              one night I was playing grand theft auto 5 and I had 275.m dollars in the bank and the next day I had 200thousand dollars I don't know what happen maybe someone hacked me or something but if you have a solution to my problem please contact me at truthcred22@gmail.com thank you.

                              • SGruboron June 26 2014, 11:17amReplyFlag
                                GTA V Online has some issues, but it is great. The single player has multiple missions, and mostly you don't have to do everything. Like in GTA IV , Niko do that, Niko do this, Niko blah blah. On GTA V , because of the three characters, you don't feel like you do everything. There's so much detail, and landscape. In GTA IV ,it's purely City, but in GTA V, you have backdoors, Deserts,Beaches/ Shorelines, and City. I recommend getting GTA 5
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                                • LEWIS1497on June 25 2014, 4:40amReplyFlag
                                  could u please fix the bug on the new update my characters jump out of the randomly when im driving can u fix it asap
                                  • Dragonsanvilon June 19 2014, 11:37amReplyFlag
                                    They should change the mission 'Coveted' back to how it was before patch 1.14
                                    • Affro_Childon June 14 2014, 5:47pmReplyFlag
                                      For the next update you should allow us to buy our own police cars and store them in our garage and not only use them for Pegasus. Also you should add pets and make the houses bigger to add an indoor dog park or something like that. Also we should be able to store any kind of be vehicle that isnt on the website for is to buy like big trucks that you connect flat beds to Etc, and don't just out them to Pegasus I hate those things. Only big things on Pegasus that make sense like the tank and helicopters
                                      • Pozos831on May 26 2014, 7:07pmReplyFlag
                                        Hey rockstar I think it would be better online if we could work for the police and take other online people that are doing bad stuff in their free play thanks hopefully you guys could do this for us guys that we really wanted to do this.
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